Life University: The Next Chapter

Life University: The Next Chapter

In December of 2023, Samantha Krantz earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta. In doing so, she followed in the footsteps of her esteemed father, Life University alumnus and faculty member Dr. Andrew Krantz. And while being part of the Life legacy has been a family affair, Samantha knew long ago why the renowned school was the right one for her. Here, the newly designated doctor shares the story of her journey through Life University and how it has impacted her as she continues to work towards achieving her professional goals.

What made you choose Life University?

Ever since I was born, Life University has been an integral part of my life’s narrative. My father’s journey through Life University in the late 1970s to fulfill his dream of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic laid the foundation of my connection to this esteemed institution. Some of my earliest memories involve me eagerly exploring the corridors of Life University while my father imparted his wisdom in classes on Emergency Procedures and CPR. Life University wasn’t just a place of education; it was like a second home to me, where the staff felt like extensions of our family.

Growing up in such an environment, I gained a profound understanding of the significance of chiropractic care in enhancing human health and well-being. After completing the Honor College program at the College of Charleston, my heart was set on continuing my education journey at Life University. I didn’t even consider applying to any other chiropractic school because, for me, Life University embodies everything I could aspire for in my education and professional development. The unparalleled quality of education and the supportive community fostered here have equipped me with the knowledge and skills to make a lasting impact on the lives of my future patients.

What was your main focus of study?

My main focus of study has always revolved around neurology with a special emphasis on the pediatric population. This passion stems from a deeply personal experience in my childhood. At the tender age of eight, I tragically lost my brother to Sudden Unexplained Death of Epilepsy. Witnessing this heartbreaking event ignited within me a profound desire to provide children with the care and attention they truly deserve. In pursuit of this calling, I dedicated my academic endeavors to the field of neuroscience, specializing in Epilepsy and Hydrocephalus at the Medical University of South Carolina during my college years. Following graduation, I continued my journey as a Research Specialist until 2023, delving deeper into understanding the complexities of neurological conditions that affect young minds.

Throughout chiropractic school, my focus remained steadfast, viewing the nervous system through the lens of neuroscience. I recognized the pivotal role chiropractic care can play in optimizing neurological function, particularly in pediatric patients. Therefore, I am committed to furthering my expertise by pursuing a diplomate with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), with a specific intention to serve the pediatric and pregnant community.

How would you describe the classroom experience at Life University?

The classroom experience was nothing short of transformative for me. It was within those lecture halls and hands-on sessions that my passion for chiropractic care was further ignited, propelling me through the rigors of the program. Undoubtedly, this journey demanded dedication and perseverance, but it was also immensely rewarding.

What stood out most about the classroom environment was the palpable sense of passion among both professors and students alike. Every lecture was infused with not just information, but also with the wisdom and practical insights necessary to succeed in practice. The wealth of real-world experiences shared by faculty members enriched our learning journey, bridging the gap between theory and application. Personally, I found particular joy in the hands-on technique classes and the specialized pediatric/pregnancy courses. These sessions allowed us to hone our skills and develop a deeper understanding of the unique needs of different patient populations. Additionally, having esteemed professors like Dr. Fox, a leader in the field of radiology, further enriched our educational experience. Their mentorship not only equipped us with technical expertise but also inspired us to strive for excellence in every aspect of chiropractic care. Moreover, having my dad as a professor in the program added an extra layer of significance to my journey. It was incredibly special to learn from someone who not only shared my familial bond but also possessed a wealth of knowledge and experience in chiropractic care. His guidance and support were unwavering, serving as a constant reminder of the legacy of passion and dedication to chiropractic care that runs in our family.

How did it feel to graduate in December?

Graduating in December held a profound significance for me, as it marked a momentous milestone not only in my academic journey, but also in my family’s legacy. Sharing the same graduation month and day as my dad, exactly 45 years later, was so incredibly special to me. It reinforced my belief that there are no coincidences in life, only meaningful connections and purposeful paths. Reflecting on this achievement, I couldn’t help but recall the dreams I harbored since childhood, attending graduation ceremonies with my dad and envisioning the day when I would walk across the stage myself. To see those dreams materialize into reality was a surreal and deeply gratifying experience.

Now, a month into practicing with my dad at Krantz Chiropractic Clinic in Marietta, I find myself immersed in the fulfilling work of chiropractic care. From my youngest patient at two weeks old to my oldest at 92, each encounter fills me with a profound sense of purpose and gratitude. Providing relief and hope to individuals in pain is an incredibly rewarding experience, and I feel privileged to be able to make a positive impact on their lives.

How has Life prepared you for your professional plans?

Life University has played a pivotal role in preparing me for my professional plans in chiropractic care. The education I received at Life provided me with a strong foundation in both chiropractic technique and philosophy, which are essential aspects of my practice. Through rigorous coursework and hands-on training, I gained the skills and confidence needed to deliver effective chiropractic care to my future patients.

Moreover, Life University equipped me with the tools to effectively communicate the principles and benefits of chiropractic care to the general public. The communication skills I developed at Life will be invaluable as I strive to educate and empower individuals to take control of their health through chiropractic care. Additionally, Life University provided comprehensive preparation for the national board exams, ensuring that I am well-equipped to meet the highest standards of competency and proficiency in the field of chiropractic. Life University has equipped me with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on this fulfilling career path and make a positive impact on the health and well-being of my future patients.


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